Claude Debussy by Debussy, Claude; Code, David J.; Debussy, Claude

By Debussy, Claude; Code, David J.; Debussy, Claude

French composer Claude Debussy (18621918) created song that used to be progressive, with a surprisingly sleek sound that highlighted the intersection of artwork and lifestyles. the following, during this certain biography, David J. Code explores the $64000 moments within the improvement of Debussys literary pursuits that formed his musicand within the approach brings to existence Debussys sardonic character. Claude Debussypresents an in-depth glance at Read more...

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A series of public lectures on Das 55 Rheingold and Die Walküre featured musical examples played on two pianos by Debussy and Raul Pugno, a one-time prodigy who was then reviving his virtuoso piano career. Although widely seen as a great success this venture only deepened Debussy’s disillusionment with his librettist’s inveterate self-aggrandizement. 6 Happily, just as his exasperation with Mendès was becoming terminal, Debussy first encountered a play that seemed the perfect embodiment of the dramatic ideals he had envisioned in discussion with Guiraud.

33 But Guiraud was quick to dissuade him from this idiosyncratic venture in view of the more pressing need to confront again the test for the Prix de Rome competition. This time, Debussy’s fugue and choral setting of Lamartine’s ‘Invocation’ won him through to the competition proper. As was customary, the five finalists were provided with a text for a cantata – Le gladiateur by Emile Moreau – and housed in the Château de Compiègne just outside Paris for 25 days to compose. When the resulting works were performed before the Institut, the first prize was promptly given to Debussy’s friend Paul Vidal.

Henri Vasnier, the recipient of many plaintive missives, was to prove a particularly important supporter through these years. It was Vasnier who dissuaded Debussy more than once from giving up on the hated residency, with its requirement of a series of works, or envois, to be submitted yearly to the Institut des Beaux-Arts in Paris. And it was to Vasnier that Debussy offered this candid glimpse of his compositional vision as he wrestled with the ‘great, idiotic verses’ of his first envoi, Zuléïma, based on a French adaptation of Heinrich Heine’s Spanish-themed historical ballad Almansor: I believe that I will never be able to enclose my music within an overly rigid mould – I hasten to say that I am not speaking of musical form, but simply from a literary perspective.

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